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The Exuberance Of Danitrio-Some Hyper Pens

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#1 jandrese

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 03:05

Yesterday, I stopped at my local Danitrio fountain pen dealer and stumbled upon a parade of stratospheric pens. I just had to snap some pictures. Unbelievably, these pens represent but a fraction of the hyper pens available in the same trays. 

 

First up is the Genkai style 100 Kids design--it is truly extraordinary. I have several from the same artist but none like this!

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Next a Kaijin style Ebisu (A god of seven) design by Kogaku

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Then a Yokuzuna aka kyokuchi style emperor dragon design--indescribable beauty and technical prowess

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The self described #50 gigantic nib, which looks like custom work.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 03:53

Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing. I shudder to think of the price of that Yokozuna. 😀

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 04:37

> think of the price of that Yokozuna.

Looking at the prices of Danitrios at their HP, $30K+ is a safe guess.
The 100Kids is listed as $32K.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 16:40

What's the sound of One Kid Playing?

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Momotaro


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 18:43

Yesterday, I stopped at my local Danitrio fountain pen dealer ...

You have a local Danitrio dealer?  What mythic land do you live in?


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 20:27


 

What's the sound of One Kid Playing?

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Momotaro

 

That's awesome, thanks for sharing.



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Posted 30 January 2019 - 20:27

You have a local Danitrio dealer?  What mythic land do you live in?

Texas! I'm always in Houston.



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Posted 30 January 2019 - 22:24

You have a local Danitrio dealer?  What mythic land do you live in?

 

My thoughts exactly!


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That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 01:35

Texas! I'm always in Houston.

I guess I shouldn't move to Houston.  I'd be like a diabetic living in Hershey, PA.


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 02:24

I guess I shouldn't move to Houston.  I'd be like a diabetic living in Hershey, PA.

Long long ago in a land far far away I had a friend who taught English literature at an all girl's boarding school and also had a part time job at a brewery.  Nice guy, smiled a lot but died young.


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 02:39

It's not the years in your life but the life in your years.


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 03:01

I guess I shouldn't move to Houston.  I'd be like a diabetic living in Hershey, PA.


So when's the flight?

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 04:18

Kevin Cheng used to bring 5-6 trays of such pens to Pen Posse. 


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 11:07

$30K for a pen?



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Posted 31 January 2019 - 13:05

$30K for a pen?

 

Yes, and no. That much money and more. Pen and not, something more. There is less impressive art lining the halls of museums worldwide. Holding it in you hand is an experience unlike any other. The work is transcendent. Even if the visual does not impress you there is the technical element. If that fails to impress you consider the experience and the patient perfection of the work. There are layers to the understanding and there are no weaknesses.



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Posted 31 January 2019 - 16:58



 

Yes, and no. That much money and more. Pen and not, something more. There is less impressive art lining the halls of museums worldwide. Holding it in you hand is an experience unlike any other. The work is transcendent. Even if the visual does not impress you there is the technical element. If that fails to impress you consider the experience and the patient perfection of the work. There are layers to the understanding and there are no weaknesses.

Here is the image of Momotaro; one example of a kid by the same artist as the 100 Kids.  The closer I look the more amazed I am at just how much work is actually involved in the subject. What looks like a few pretty simply line drawings actually are really very complex congregations of many, many individual strokes.  Maybe these images may help explain the time and labor involved.

 

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The color of the peach or jacket or pants are not just one shade but rather varied to slightly change the perception just as you see in reality; an attempt to add depth and contours. What look like a line turns out to be thousands of individual parallel strokes to again add depth.  Things like his sash and the twine used to tie his top knot are not just one line but rather many many strokes to duplicate thread. His hair and eyebrows and eyes and lashes are all complex objects precisely placed.

 

And for the person who grew up in the Culture the simple drawing also encompasses the whole Momotaro saga. That's true with the 100 Kids pens as well.  The seeming play of the kids incorporates customs and folk tales and tradition and regionalism and reflects an image of Japan similar to the America of a Currier & Ives print.


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 22:14

Kevin Cheng used to bring 5-6 trays of such pens to Pen Posse. 

 

I miss Kevin.  Is he still involved with FP's in any way?


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Posted 31 January 2019 - 22:49

 

I miss Kevin.  Is he still involved with FP's in any way?

+1000


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Posted 01 February 2019 - 00:24

Once in a while I see him selling on eBay.

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 03:22

Kevin said he might do more pen stuff when his son leaves for college. 


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